With junior Celeste Troche shooting a 70 to move to five-under-par after two rounds, Auburn is in third place at the 21-team event at the University Club Golf Course. The top eight teams advance to the NCAA Championship at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash.
Celeste Troche makes a shot on Friday in Baton Rouge.
Second-ranked Duke shot an eight-under-par 280 on Friday to move into the lead at 571. Florida, which is ranked 12th, is second at 576 while Auburn is in third place at 580.
"We still have ourselves in a very good position," says Auburn coach Kim Evans, whose team is 15 shots better from the cut total to make nationals. "We came to the East Regional to advance to the NCAA Championship and that is what we aim to accomplish. It is going to take another strong effort Saturday because this field is loaded. Celeste and Courtney (Swaim) are having an outstanding tournament and that is very pleasing."
Troche is in second place individually at 139, just one shot behind Duke's Leigh Anne Hardin, who tied the course record on Friday with a round of 67. Swaim shot a 72 in the second round and is at two-under-par 142.
Junior Danielle Downey shot a 76 on Friday and is tied for 46th at 150. Freshman Kingsley Barrett improved from a 79 on Thursday to a 75 on Friday. Sophomore Diana Ramage shot a 78 on Friday, four shots worse than her first round.
Wake Forest is fourth at 581 and is followed by South Florida (585), SEC champion South Carolina (591) and Vanderbilt (592) while Furman (595), Georgia (595) and Tulane (595) are tied for eighth.